NAMI Contra Costa – A Small Community NAMI Affiliate Like No Other

NAMI Contra Costa is an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Compared to many affiliates, we are very unique in our independence, long history of helping first families and now both individuals living with mental illness and their families in Contra Costa County, and contributions to the local community.

NAMI Office

NAMI volunteers Carolyn and Yolanda at the NAMI Contra Costa office in Pleasant Hill.

Our Staff and Board of Directors

Our staff and board of directors, along with our tireless volunteer workforce, help to set and meet long term goals and run out day-to-day operations.

Gigi Crowder

FaithNet Coordinator, Development Consultant

Gigi R. Crowder, L. E., has worked in the behavioral health care field for more than 25 years.

William Taylor

Mental Health Consultant

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Nationally Certified Counselor with a Master’s degree from Nova Southeastern University.

Charles Madison


Retired former President/CEO Chairman of the Board Unimar; Graduate USF BSBA

Douglas Dunn

1st Vice President

Mental Health Commissioner (District 3), CPAW Member (East County)

Yan Bennis

2nd Vice President

Putnam Clubhouse Program Manager

Mark Cohen


Retired physician Kaiser-Permanente; Graduate Wayne State University; University of Michigan.

David Kahler


Retired Small Business Owner; Graduate of Universities of Minnesota and Mexico.

Barbara Scott

Member at Large

Mt. Diablo School District Administration; Masters in Educational Administration; BA in Social Welfare and teaching Credentials for Deaf Education and Elementary Education.

Al Farmer

Member at Large

Retired Chevron: Graduate Stanford, BS Petroleum Engineering; Northwestern University, MBA.

Susan Horrocks

Member at Large

Retired Educator; Graduate Pitzer College BA; MS Cal State Hayward.

Kay Derrico

Member at Large

Retired Educator

Don Edward Green

Member at Large

Retired "Probate Judge" with the Contra Costa Superior Court

Philip Belisle

Member at Large

Retired U.S. Treasury Regional Director

Shelly Ji

Member at Large

NAMI Contra Costa Mandarin Support Group facilitator

Bay Area NAMI Affiliates

NAMI Contra Costa is by no means the only NAMI in the Bay Area. Though the only NAMI located in Contra Costa County, some of the other local affiliates below offer may be of interest to you. Each affiliates usually offers along with a set of core programs offered at every NAMI, some of their own unique programs that might just be worth an hour drive for you to attend. So get to know your other local NAMI organizations!


NAMI San Francisco. NAMI San Francisco’s mission is to advocate for a life of quality and dignity by providing education, resources and emotional support to families and those affected by mental illness (brain disorders). We strive to end discrimination and stigma for all those persons affected by these illnesses through broader education and collaboration with the whole community. Learn more at

NAMI Solano County. NAMI Santa Clara County is a small chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness that has recently been expanding their organization and program offerings. Visit their website and get involved at

NAMI East Bay. NAMI East Bay’s affiliate goals are to provide support, educate, advocate, promote research, network, explore alternative perspectives and overcome stigma. Learn more at

NAMI Santa Clara. NAMI Santa Clara County offers practical experience, support, education, comfort and understanding to anyone concerned about mental illnesses and their treatment in Santa Clara County. In addition, we work with public organizations, private businesses and the media to increase organizational and personal knowledge of effective ways of treating the illnesses while advocating for increased research and improved services for individuals with mental illness. View their website at

NAMI Alameda County. NAMI Alameda-County’s mission is to eradicate stigma, advocate for treatment and recovery, and build community accountability for people whose lives are impacted by the devastating effects of mental illness. We respect cultural, ethnic, religious, and sexual diversity while supporting lifelong dignity and the wellness and recovery of individuals with lived experience, their allies and families. Learn more at